I sometimes get confused with units of measurement. Yards? Feet? Meters? Hectares? Bushels? Pecks? It’s all so mystifying!
So imagine, if you will, that there is a unit of measurement that we can all agree on. Because it’s awesome. Ladies and gentlemen: the Altuve.
It’s pretty self explanatory. But, just by way of example, that home run that Giancarlo hit off Jamie Moyer last week? It traveled 80.86153846153847 Altuves.
I predict that our children will be learning this in school as a matter of routine by the end of the decade.
UPDATE: I did not know the provenance of the Altuve — just saw a link to it on Twitter — but commenter drkincaid enlightens us:
Mike Ferrin and Morgan Ensberg of XM MLB radio talked about the Altuve as a unit of measurement a lot last year and this year. Doesn’t look like they built the calculator, but they deserve props for popularizing (and maybe inventing) the unit of measurement. They’re also pretty good to listen to.
Yes, they are. Good work fellas.
Over the past several weeks we’ve heard a lot of news about teams furloughing front office and scouting staff, leveling pay cuts for those who remain and, most recently, ceasing stipends to minor league players and releasing them en masse. The message being sent, intentionally or otherwise, is that baseball teams are feeling the pinch.
The Kansas City Royals, however, are a different story.
Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals are paying their minor leaguers through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended, and unlike so many other teams, they are not releasing players either. Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports that the Royals will not lay any team employees off or furlough anyone. “Nearly 150 employees will not take pay cuts,” he says, though “higher-level employees will take tiered cuts.” Passan adds that the organization intends to restore the lost pay due to those higher-level employees in the future when revenue ramps back up, making them whole.
While baseball finances are murky at best and opaque in most instances, most people agree that the Royals are one of the lower-revenue franchises in the game. They are also near the bottom as far as franchise value goes. Finally, they have the newest ownership group in all of baseball, which means that the group almost certainly has a lot of debt and very little if any equity in the franchise. Any way you slice it, cashflow is likely tighter in Kansas City than almost anywhere else.
Yet the Royals are paying minor leaguers and front office employees while a great number of other teams are not. What’s their excuse?